I have a 91 honda civic with a manual transmission. My transmission is leaking oil, so I had the input shaft seal and barring replaced. I started my car at the shop, and noticed that it's hard to put my car into gear. 1st - 4th works, but it's stiff, and my car grinds to go into 5th. I can't put it in reverse at all because it feels like it will break. The mechanic told me that I need to drive it for a few days and it should loosen up. All of my gears shifted smoothly before I had this work done. Any idea what this guy messed up on my car?
There could be several reasons for this, but from the work done to your transmission, there are a few guesses: it is possible the transmission was not properly aligned when installed, the input shaft bearing retainer might be a little loose.
If it sounds like gears clashing going into reverse, it is possible the input shaft pilot bearing is sticking.
If possible, first check the oil level in the transmission. If necessary, add the necessary oil and check the transmission; otherwise, bring it back to the shop.
Updated on July 8, 2018
By Dan Ferrell